IMAGINARY ARABESQUES: CORROSIONS AND CRACKS ON A WASTE BASKET (video)

The wear and tear of time, in its unstoppable pace, causes corrosion and cracking. This is what happened to the waste baskets placed in the center of a surprising medieval village, Abbadia San Salvatore, located on Mount Amiata, in the heart of Tuscany. The yellow paint, over the years, has peeled off and corroded, leaving room for imaginary arabesques that the eye of my camera caught at close range.

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L’usura del tempo, nel suo inarrestabile incedere, provoca corrosioni e screpolature. Così è capitato ai cestini per i rifiuti collocati nel centro di un sorprendente villaggio medioevale, Abbadia San Salvatore, situato sul monte Amiata, nel cuore della Toscana. La verniciatura gialla, nel corso degli anni, si è scrostata e corrosa, lasciando poi spazio ad immaginari arabeschi che l’occhio della mia fotocamera ha colto a distanza ravvicinata.

 

THROUGH THE ANCIENT STREETS OF A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE IN TUSCANY (VIDEO)

Through the ancient streets … Images of the medieval village of Piancastagnaio, in the province of Siena, Tuscany, in the territory of Monte Amiata. An amazing place, dominated by the Rocca Aldobrandesca (XIII Century), a suggestive attraction for many visitors. Every year, at the end of October, it is home to “Penne e Video Sconosciuti“, a national school journalism festival. More than 5,000 school papers are collected at the Municipality’s Emeroteca. Video by Roberto Alborghetti; Soundtrack: Audiomachine, Into The Wild.

Rocca Aldobrandesca, XIII Century, Piancastagnaio © Roberto Alborghetti

IN THE AMAZING CASTLE OF PONTEBOSIO (TUSCANY) THE NEXT PRESENTATION OF MY BOOK (JUN 29)

A tavola con Papa Francesco” (Dining with Pope Francis) by Roberto Alborghetti (Mondadori) is presented in a suggestive location in the heart of Lunigiana: the Castle of Pontebosio, Luxury Resort, (MS, Tuscany) on Saturday June 29, 2019; dinner will follow. An historic location, of great architectural interest, for a book already published in 15 Countries. A surprising biography on highly topical issues. A volume of 208 pages, with over 250 photographs and 36 unpublished recipes.

After the presentation you’ll have the way to sit at the table with the best recipes selected from those included in the volume. The “papal” menu includes: – #empanadas, crescent-shaped pasta bundles with a tasty and spicy filling that represented the typical dish prepared by Argentine women for their men returning from the pampas. – The always noble stuffed # calamari, a classic also of our sea areas – The #paella, able to unite all the Spanish-speaking peoples (and not) thanks to its explosion of colors and flavors argentina: the #asado with gratinated vegetables, patient recipe of grilled meat slowly, an absolute triumph of taste – For #dessert the pistachio mousse 45 euro drinks included. The evening begins at 7.30 pm with the presentation of the book.

CASTELLO DI PONTEBOSIO is An aristocratic 17th century manor expertly restored and transformed into a luxurious Resort equipped with every possible comfort. In each one of the rooms it is possible to enjoy a healty pause of relaxation while admiring the suggestive landscapes: from the splendid glimpses of the square and of the village, to the vistas on the sweetly declining hills.

https://www.castellodipontebosio.it/en/

For information: info@castellodipontebosio.it

Castello di Pontebosio, Luxury Resort, 54016 Pontebosio MS, 0187 472050

Photos below: cover and some of the 208 pages of the book by Roberto Alborghetti already published in 15 Countries.

IT’S NOT SNOW! IT’S THE WHITE ROCK OF A WONDER OF NATURE: THE HOT SPRINGS IN TUSCANY

 

© Photos by Roberto Alborghetti

Despite the prohibitions – and in the bitter cold of these early January mornings: the temperature is at – 3/4 degrees! – there are those who challenge climbing and allow themselves a bath in the warm and sulphurous waters of Fosso Bianco, a marvel of nature in Bagni San Filippo, in the territory of Castiglione d’Orcia, on the slopes of Amiata (Siena), in Tuscany. The white rock, which looks like snow, draws evocative and incomparable images. It is a magical and fascinating place that enchants the eyes and the mind. It is a continuous destination for tourists and visitors, who find in this unique glimpse of Tuscany an oasis of peace and well-being. The show is guaranteed. It really seems to be on the snowy slopes of the Alps.

For nature lovers the Fosso Bianco is the perfect place, a stream in the woods at the confluence of several hot springs in a series of pools where where you can swim all the year long and enjoy the special limestone formations that for their shapes have inspired the evocative such names as ‘the white whale’ or ‘the glacier’.

Bagni San Filippo is a small village of the Val D’Orcia in southern Tuscany. Historically known for its thermal water, it is the ideal destination for an intimate and relaxing SPA vacation. The resort Terme San Filippo features a swimming pool Hotel and wellness centre. Exceptional SPA and beauty  treatments are offered thanks to the use of all-natural sulphurous water, its sediments and mud.  Because of its location on the slopes of Mount Amiata on the edge of Val d’Orcia, Bagni San Filippo is the ideal base for visiting the many attractions of southern Tuscany, tasting local products and fine wines.

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20190109_131409Nonostante i divieti – e nel freddo pungente di queste mattinate di inizio gennaio: la temperatura è a – 3 gradi – c’è chi si sfida nelle arrampicate e si concede un bagno nelle acque calde e sulfuree del Fosso Bianco, meraviglia della natura a Bagni San Filippo, in territorio di Castiglione d’Orcia, sulle pendici dell’Amiata (Siena), in Toscana. La roccia bianca, che sembra neve, disegna immagini suggestive e incomparabili. E’ un luogo magico ed affascinante, che incanta gli occhi e la mente. E’ meta continua di turisti e visitatori, che trovano in questo singolare scorcio di Toscana, una oasi di pace e di benessere. Lo spettacolo è assicurato. Sembra davvero di essere sulle piste innevate delle Alpi.

A BIG SHOW IN TUSCANY CELEBRATES THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF”ROMEO AND JULIET” MOVIE BY ZEFFIRELLI

This year 2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of the premiere of Franco Zeffirelli’s 1968 film”Romeo and Juliet” at London’s Odeon Theatre. With a host of talented actors, rich period costumes and lush cinematography, this gorgeous movie is arguably the best ever adaptation of Shakespeare’s play.  Famous critic Roger Ebert included it in his list of ‘Top 100 Films’. Ebert wrote, “I believe Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet is the most exciting film of Shakespeare ever made.”

The movie won a Golden Globe Award for Best English Language Foreign Film.  It won Academy Awards for Best Cinematography (Pasqualino De Santis) and Best Costume Design (Danilo Donati).  It was also nominated for Best Director and Best Picture, making it the last Shakespearean film to be nominated for Best Picture to date. Coincidentally, the anniversary of its London premiere just happens to fall on the same day as this year’s Academy Awards presentation.

In Tuscany, on the occasion of the masterpiece’s 50th anniversary, an exhibition celebrating it is on show, until January 6th, 2019, in the same historical building, Palazzo Piccolomini in Pienza (Siena), that in the movie is the Capuleti’s home, where the two young protagonists meet for the first time at a dance party. The exhibition is entitled ‘What is a youth?’ after the title of the song that in Zeffirelli’s reconstruction resounds inside the courtyard of the building during the dance.

The exhibition aims to highlight Renaissance customs and traditions as vividly portrayed in the movie. Indeed, the Tuscan director chose to shoot important scenes in the monumental Palazzo Piccolomini because it is a very well preserved authentic Renaissance residence. The photos of the set and of the scenes are placed in the rooms where they were taken, to revive the place as if the characters were there, and to offer visitors an even more authentic cross-section of Renaissance daily life. Danilo Donati’s Oscar-winning costumes, now owned by the Cerratelli Foundation, are also on show in the majestic halls.

INFORMATIONS

The admission ticket includes a guided tour with the audioguide at the Palazzo Piccolomini and the Renaissance garden as an exhibition venue. The visits start at 10.30 and are made every 30 minutes

Tickets, € 7.00 in full, € 5.00 reduced

Special price € 3.50 per pupil for schools booked

Group Reductions (from a minimum of 15 to a maximum of 25 people);

Free admission Students, children up to 5 years, disabled people

Timetables

15 March – 15 October – Tuesday to Sunday 10.00 am – 6.30 pm (last admission at 6.00 pm)

16 October – 15 November, 1 December – 6 January – Tuesday to Sunday 10.00 am – 4.30 pm (last admission at 4.00 pm)

Closure of the Palace from November 16th to November 30th

Info and reservations: call center 0577 286300

info@palazzopiccolominipienza.it

http://www.palazzopiccolominipienza.it

 

 

TUSCANY (ITALY): THE AMAZING EMPORIUM WHERE WE MAY REDISCOVER THE SENSE OF THINGS AND TIME…

 

Photos: © Roberto Alborghetti

She is called Marcellina. And for the territories of Mount Amiata, in Tuscany, Siena Country,  she is a very important person. A sort of symbol. An institution. What Marcellina is doing? She runs a shop – Pinzi Pinzuti – along Via Cavour, in Abbadia San Salvatore, a picturesque medieval town. But it’s not correct saying “shop”. It’s a real emporium of creativity and imagination, where everything can be found, where an incredibile number of things are exposed in a cheerfully confusion, but everything at your fingertips, in a clever logic that only Marcellina knows.

Marcellina Pinzi Pinzuti is the great animator of this fascinating place, where you can travel back in time, looking for an old object, an ornament, a tin toy, an old book, a cloth, a teapot , ceramic plates, outfits, liquers, textiles, calendars, food locally produced, as the wines of the Organic Farm Pinzi Pinzuti and as the prestigious Volcano Amiata Wine bottled with the artistic label created by Mitrani Yarden and me.

Yes, it’s a magical cave, open till late, and whose lights are shed on the outside, like to recall the hasty passers. It’s impossible not to be enchanted by this place, where time seems to stand still, together with Marcellina, who welcomes you with ease, knowing how suggest you in purchases, with great discretion and kindness.

So, welcome to an unbelievable world that we thought no longer existed, because gone with the advent of technology. Here, at Marcellina shop, we can retrieve the value of the magical things. And it’s really great in these times which are running very fast and seem to drag all away, pushing us to lose the sense of the objects, the flavor of the memory.

R.A.

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Marcellina Pinzi Pinzuti with Mitrani Yarden and Roberto Alborghetti

ABOUT THE ARTISTIC LABEL FOR THE BOTTLE OF VOLCANO AMIATA WINE PINZI PINZUTI CREATED BY MITRANI YARDEN & ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI:

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2015/12/23/tuscany-italy-the-official-launch-of-the-princess-e-book-art-fashion-fairy-tales-and-a-great-volcanic-wine/

 

THE NEW ISSUE OF “ARTS & CULTURAL STRATEGIES” MAGAZINE WITH MY REPORTAGE FROM TUSCANY AND A PREVIEW OF “PRINCESS” eBOOK

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IT’S OUT THE NEW ISSUE OF “ACS” MAGAZINE PUBLISHED BY RENEE LAVERNE ROSE. IT’S FREE AND YOU CAN READ IT AND DOWNLOAD IT CLICKING ON THE LINKS BELOW. 

REPORTAGE ABOUT THE AMAZING MEDIEVAL CRYPT IN TUSCANY

GREAT NEW ISSUE OF ACS Magazine by Renee LaVerne Rose LOOK AND READ 12 PAGES WITH MY REPORTAGE ABOUT THE MEDIEVAL CRYPT IN ABBADIA S.SALVATORE, SIENA, TUSCANY – IL NUOVO NUMERO DI “ARTS & CULTURAL STRATEGIES” CON 12 PAGINE SUL MIO REPORTAGE DEDICATO ALLA CRIPTA MEDIOEVALE DI ABBADIA S. SALVATORE, SIENA, TOSCANA

 

http://emagazine.acs-mag.com/acs-magazine-jan-feb-issue-2016/page/26-27

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10 PAGES ABOUT “THE PRINCESS, THE FIRE AND THE CASTLE” E-BOOK AND SHORT FILM

“THE PRINCESS, THE FIRE AND THE CASTLE” : 10 PAGES ABOUT THE PROJECT ON THE NEW JAN-FEB ISSUE OF “ARTS & CULTURAL STRATEGIES” directed by Renee LaVerne Rose BROWSE AND READ FROM Page 104 to 113 – Roberto Alborghetti Yarden Mitrani

http://emagazine.acs-mag.com/acs-magazine-jan-feb-issue-2016/page/104-105